w » ^%* THE
.r-^ IN THE
OFFICE OF "THE CHURCH INTELLIOENCER."
THAT IS TO SAY,
AN LNSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED Bt &YE9.Y
PERSON BEFORE HE BE BROUGHT TO BE CON
FIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
WHAT is your Name?
Ans. N. or M.
QvLGS. Who gave you this Name ?
A. My Sponsors in Baptism ; waereia ■( wa?
made «, member of Christ, the child of God, and
an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Q. What did your Sponsors th\iQ for you?
A. They did promise and vow three thlaga in
my name : First, that I should renounce the devil
and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this
wicked world, and all the sinful iusts of the
flesh. Secondly, that I should believe al! tfee
Articles of the Christian Faith. And Thirdly,'
that I should keep Grod's holy will and <^ommand-
ineiit^, and walk in the same all the days of my
Q. Bost thou not think that thou art fcoimd to
believe, and to do, as they have promised for
A. Yee, verily ; and by God'« help so I wiU
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And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that
he hath called me to this sfcate of salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray
unto God to give rae his grace, that I may con'
rinue in the same unto my life's end.
Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Be-
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker
i>f heaven and earth :
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
Who was' conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of
the Virgin Mary ; Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried ; He descended
mto hell, The third day he arose from the dead ;
He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the
right hand of God the Father Almighty ; From
thence he shall come to judge the quick and the
I believe in the Holy Ghost ; The holy Catho-
lic Church, The Communion of Saints ; The
Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the
body ; And the Life everla&ting. Amen.
Q. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Ar-
ticles of thy Belief?
A. First, I learn to believe in God the Father.
Tvho hath made me, and all the world.
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Secondly, iu God the Son, who hath redeemed
me, and all mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who panctl-
fieth me, and all the people of God.
Q. You said that your Sponsors did promise
for you, that you should keep God's Command-
ments. Tell me how many there are ?
Q. Which are they ?
The same which God spake in the twentieth
Chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the Lord thy
God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have no other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven
image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the
water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow
down to them, nor worship them; For I tht
Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the
Kins of the Fathers upon the children, unto the
third and fourth generation of them that halt
me; and show mercy unto thousaids in theui
that love me, and keep my comuiandnients.
HI. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord
thy God in vain ; for the Lord will not hold hin;
guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sab-
bath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do ah
that thou hast to do ; but the seventh day is tht
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Sabbath of ihe Lord thy God. In it thou shait;
do no manner of work ; thou and thy son, and
thy daughter, thy inan-feervant, and thy maid-
^ervantj, thy cattle, and the stranger that is with-
in, thy gates. For in sis days the Lord mado
heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them
is, and rested the seventh day ; wherefore the
Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.
Y. Honour thy father and thy mother ; that
thy days niay be long in the land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt do no niuvder.
"Vll. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Till. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against
.X . Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house ,
tiiou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his
servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his a?:^,
nor any thing that is his.
Q. What dost thou chiefiy learn by these Com-
A. I learn two things ; my duty towards God,
and my duty towards my Neighbour.
Q. What is thy duty towards God If
A. My duty towards God, is to believe in him»
10 fear him, and to love him with all my heart,
with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all
;))y strength ; to worship him, to give him thanks,
W:|iut my whole trust in him, to call, upop him.
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to honour his holy Name and hie Word, and to
serve him truly all the days of my life.
Q. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour 't
A. My duty towards my Neighbour, is to love
him as myself, and to do to all men, as I would
they should do unto me : To love, honour, and
succour my ftither and mother : To honour and
obey the civil authority : To submit myself to all
my governors, teachers, spiritual pastors, and
masters : To order myself lowly and reverently
to all my betters : To hurt nobody by word or
deed : To be true and just in all my dcalingc? :
To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart : To
keep my hands from picldng find stealing, and ni v
tongue from evil speaking, lying and slandering :
To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and
chastity : Not to covet nor desire other men's
goods ; but to learn and labour truly to get mine
own living, and to do my duty in that state of
life unto which it shall please God to call me.
Catechist. My good Child, know this; that
thou art not able to do these things of thyself,
nor to walk in the Commandments of God, and
to serve him, without his special grace, which
thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent
prayer. Let mo hear, therefore, if thon can&t-
say the Lord's Prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done on ej^rth, As it is in heaven. Give us this
day our daily bread. And forgive us our tres-
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passes, As we forgive those who trespass against
us. And lead us not into temptation ; But de-
liver us from evil. Amen.
Q. What desirest thou of Grod in this prayer ?
A. I desire my Lord God, our heavenly Fath-
er, who is the. giver of all goodness to send his
grace unto me, and to all people ; that we may
worship, serve him, and obey him, as we ought
to do. And I pray unto Grod, that he will send
us all things that are needful both for our souls
and bodies ; and that he will be merciful unto us,
and forgive us our sins ; and that it will please
him to save and defend us in all dangers both of
soul and body ; and that he will keep us from all
sin and wickedness, and from our spiritual ene-
my, and from everlasting death. And this I
trust he will do of his mercy and goodness,
through our Lord Jesus Christ, And therefore I
gay ; Amen, So be it.
How many Sacraments hath Christ ordained iu
his Church ?
A. Two only, as generally necessary to salva-
tion ; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of
Q. What meanest thou by this word Sacra-
A. I mean an outward and visible sign of an
inward and spiritual grace given unto us ; or-
dained by Christ himself, as a means whereby
we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us
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Q,, How many parts are there in a Sacra-
A. Two ; the outward visible sign, and the in*
ward spiritual grace.
Q. What is the outward visible sign or fonn
m Baptism ?
A. Water ; wherein the person is baptized, In
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost.
Q. What is the inward and spirit ual grace ?
A. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto
righteousness : for being by tature born in sin,
rind the children of wrath, we are hereby made
the children of grace.
Q. What is required of persons to be bap-
A. Repentance, whereby they forsake sin ;
and Faith, whereby they steadfastly believe the
promises of God made to them in that Sacra-
Q. Why then are Infants baptized, when by
reason of their tender age they cannot perform
A. Because they promise them both by their
Sureties ; which promise, when they come to
age, themselves are bound to perform.
Q. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord'i
Supper ordained ?
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A. For the continual remembrance of the
sacrifice of the death of Clirist, and of the bene-
fits which we receive thereby.
Q. What is the outward part or sign of the
Lord's Supper ?
A. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath
commanded to be received.
Q. What is the inward part or thing signified ?
A. The Body and Blood of Christ, which are
spiritually taken and receive'd by the faithful in
the Lord's Supper.
Q. What are the benefits whereof we are par-
takers thereby ?
A. The strengthening and refreshing of our
80uls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as ou.r
bodies are by the Bread and Wino.
Q. What is required of those v,'ho come toth;-'
Lord's Supper ?
A. To examine themselves, whether th^^y ru-
jxmt, them truly of their former sins, stoadfastl)'
purposing to lead a new life ; have a lively faith
in God's mercy through Christ, with a thankful
remembrance of his death ; and be in cl. vrity
v/ith all men.